Armed Citizen® Today
A bystander in Chicago, Ill., stepped in to the defense of others when an armed man began shooting on the night of July 4, 2021.
It all started around 10:45 p.m. that Sunday night, when a man walked up onto a group of three people in an alleyway, in the suburb of Austin. The man suddenly pulled out a gun, and began firing on the trio. A woman in the group was struck in the head. The other two victims, both men, were also hit and wounded. As this occurred, a bystander witnessed the scene and chose to react.
Rushing into the defense of the victims, the 49-year-old bystander pulled his concealed-carry pistol and fired on the assailant. The assailant was struck twice by the Samaritan's shots, being hit in the arm and hip. The wounded victims were taken to a local medical center, where they have been stabilized. As for the assailant, he was also taken to a medical center in serious condition and is now in police custody. (chicago.suntimes.com, Chicago, Ill., 07/05/2021)
From the Armed Citizen® Archives - June 1987
An elderly Seat Pleasant, Md., man in poor health was working in his basement when he heard a burglar attempting to break into an upper window. The 76-year-old homeowner ordered the crowbar-wielding burglar to leave, but, when the intruder refused, the resident went for his gun. After the man again refused to leave, the homeowner fired and wounded the intruder, then held the man on a ladder until police arrived. Authorities said the elderly resident would not be charged. (The Journal, Prince George's County, Md.)